Elon Musk claims artificial intelligence could pose a risk if it becomes “anti-human“.
The billionaire owner of X and Tesla is in England for the world’s first AI summit. It aims to address the technology’s potential and its risks.
Musk thinks benefits currently outweigh the risks associated with artificial intelligence.
Speaking at the AI Safety Summit at Bletchley Park, the tech billionaire told PA:
”I mean, for the first time, we have a situation where there’s something that is going to be far smarter than the smartest human. So, you know, we’re not stronger or faster than other creatures, but we are more intelligent, and here we are, for the first time really in human history, with something that’s going to be far more intelligent than us.
He added: ”So, it’s not clear to me we can actually control such a thing, but I think we can aspire to guide it in a direction that’s beneficial to humanity. I do think it’s one of the existential risks that we face and it’s potentially the most pressing one, for if you look at the timescale and the rate of advancement, I think this summit is timely, and I applaud the Prime Minister for holding it.”
He said the regulation of AI needed to be like sport in that “every sport has a referee” to ensure “fair play” and the summit was a good opportunity to discuss this.
“I’m not pushing for a particular policy, I’m certainly saying let’s try to establish a framework for insight by neutral third parties,” he told PA.
“Once we have a framework for insight, then there’ll be some proposed policies or proposed rulemaking, and that will be done in concert with the AI companies.“